The Tigers, down 2-0 after the top of the first, can't afford to let this game slip away. With two men on in the 2nd:
|2009 Upper Deck#645 Brandon Inge|
Double. Tie ball game. Ramon Santiago follows it up with a 2 RBI single to put the Tigers in the lead. But Ramon wasn't finished there. He decides to become Mr. Sparkplug in the 5th.
|2009 Upper Deck #638 Ramon Santiago|
A huge bunt for a base hit, that required that he slide into first base set the stage. A hit and run with Polanco worked flawlessly as nobody covered the steal and Polanco singled right up the middle. A Clete Thomas walk set the stage for Miguel Cabrera. With the light of a thousand suns, our savior...
|2009 Upper Deck #SQ-19 Miguel Cabrera Starquest|
popped up on the first pitch. 2 outs, and what was shaping up to look like a patented Detroit Tigers squandered opportunity. Oh, but hey, remember this guy?
|2009 Upper Deck #643 Magglio Ordonez|
Two out, bases clearing double. 7-2 Tigers.
Scoreless relief pitching for the last four preserved the lead. The Tigers lead the Central by 3 with 4 to play. They could clinch tomorrow against the Twins. Or by winning any two of their last four. Or if Zach Greinke beats the Twins on Saturday and the Tigers pull one out anywhere. What a difference a day makes, as there appear to be glimmers of light and the end of the tunnel.